Remy’s 2019 Ratatouille Hide & Squeak Hunt at Epcot

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Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak Hunt is going on right now around the World Showcase during the 2019 International Food and Wine Festival at Epcot.

2019 Remy Hide and seek

Maps are $6.99

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There’s a hidden Remy outside at each country.

The treasure maps for the Remy’s hunt cost $6.99.  For that, you’ll receive a map and a sheet of stickers. The stickers are pictures of Remy with various food items.

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Hi Remy! Found you!!!

You follow the map and find Remy in each country. He’ll be with one of the sticker items like a zucchini, so you’ll peel off that sticker and place it in the circle on the map.

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And the answer is….the France Pavilion!

When you’re finished, take your map back to the shop and you get your choice of a 2019 limited edition Remy pin.

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Don’t forget to pick up your LE pin! (You get to keep your treasure map.)

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Remy’s bottle cozy…2nd one from the right (the blue one, of course).

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2019 International Food & Wine Festival runs from August 29 – November 23, 2019 this year!

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January 25, 2019: Look who was out and about at the Magic Kingdom!!! It’s Remy!  (He’s a “rare” character to spot!)

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June 2019: Major progress on the new attraction in France Pavilion.

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The attraction’s future entrance is coming right along!

We’ve had several people ask us about how construction is coming along on the new Ratatouille ride at the Epcot France Pavilion.

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April 2018: Before Construction

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June 2019:  Can you spot the ride yet?

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The new Ratatouille ride is to the left of the Eiffel Tower.

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Ratatouille Ride entrance at Disneyland Paris.  The Epcot attraction is a copy of the Paris one.

ratatouille-rideComing to the France pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase in 2020, the new ride will be based on the popular Disneyland Paris attraction. That 4D ride shrinks visitors down to the size of Remy, the gourmet chef who happens to be a rat, and sends them on an adventure using sophisticated trackless vehicles.

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The Ratatouille Ride.  We’re looking forward to this 2020 Epcot update the most!

france2We are hoping that Disney plans on adding this fabulous Ratatouille Fountain to the Epcot France ride’s entrance too.

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The lovely Ratatouille Fountain at Disneyland Paris.

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Close-up of the Ratatouille Fountain at Disneyland Paris.  Finger’s crossed on this fountain addition.

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We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Caroline holding a little Remy.

How Disney World kept the Magic Alive for Guests as Hurricane Dorian threatened Florida

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Storm’s a’coming!!!

As Hurricane Dorian charged toward the Florida coast over Labor Day weekend, the Walt Disney Company faced a tough dilemma: How to keep guests safe without ruining the magic of a typical – and expensive – Disney World vacation?

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Hurricane Dorian, September 5, 2019.

The emergency “Hurricane Rideout” teams at Disney World sprang into action. Lucky for Disney World-goers, the Category 2 hurricane swept past Florida on Thursday, September 5th, bringing rain and wind but no damage to the theme park.

What happens at Disney World during a hurricane threat?

Disney World theme parks closed early on Tuesday, September 3rd afternoon (3pm) and reopened normally on Wednesday morning.

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Sept. 3rd:  Operational hours ahead of Dorian.

Cast members and security staff in the theme parks and at all the resorts on property tied down signs, landscaping elements, and lighting fixtures.

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Every trash can at every Park and Disney Resort was tied down or filled with water ahead of the storm.

Anything that could become a projectile in a high velocity wind was removed or secured.

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All the new Skyliner cars have been removed from the cable system and are being stored over at the Caribbean Beach Station this week

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Signs advising Disney resort guests to keep exterior doors closed.

Signs advised guests to stay indoors, and doors were secured with heavy zip ties to prevent access to outdoor areas.

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Repair trucks standing by.

Outside the parks, battalions of utility trucks were in place in Orlando waiting to restore power if needed (the power did not go off).

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Pool area of the Wildness Lodge. Closed Tuesday afternoon as the storm approached.

Emergency storm operations began over the weekend at the Wilderness Lodge. Workers closed off all public balconies and removed all furniture from guest room balconies as well. Pools remained open through Tuesday afternoon. The lifeguards that usually manned the swimming areas were charged with entertaining guests as the pools closed. An impromptu game and activity station was created as cast members prepared to entertain and engage with the high volume of guests returning to the resort.

Special Character Visits at the Resorts

The Hurricane Rideout Team at the Wilderness Lodge was charged with staying voluntarily for the duration of the storm.  Cast members had to commit to staying onsite until Thursday, September 5th regardless of the impact Dorian had on the area. The resort was fully staffed and Disney characters roamed the lobby, engaging and interacting with guests.

Though rides and attractions weren’t available Tuesday evening, other amenities at the resort were. Up on the seventh floor, the concierge team at the Old Faithful Club planned for a busy night, preparing treats and decanting wine. Many guests opted to stay for additional nights to wait out the storm as 1,000s of flights into and out of the Orlando International Airport were cancelled. The normally quiet lounge and seating area was full with both kids and adults played board games, and keeping an eye on the flat-screen TV display showing Dorian’s progress up the coast.

The clatter of claws on the polished floor was heard throughout the lobby; evacuees from all over Florida arrived at the Wilderness Lodge, and pets were welcome to shelter at the resort during the storm. Several leashed dogs roamed the lobby, while a few unhappy cats howled from travel bags. The pets, like their owners, had arrived from the south, following the evacuation routes outlined when Dorian began to roll toward Florida. Other guests came from the Disney Cruise Line; the closure of the Miami seaport, which reopened Tuesday, meant many cruise guests were getting temporary accommodations at Disney World to ride out the storm.

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Big Al visiting Wilderness Lodge as guests waited out Hurricane Dorian.

Down in the lobby, a huge Jenga set and some oversize board games were set up, and lifeguards ran activities through the night for kids of all ages. Teens and young children abandoned their phones and mobile devices to take part in a game of hide and seek. Disney characters playfully engaged with guests and kept the lobby lively into the late evening.

Special Buffet Set Up for Guests

A few steps away, the character dining experience at Artist Point restaurant was ready to serve up Mickey Mouse waffles and other treats instead of their normal fare. This impromptu buffet ($12) was designed to eliminate waiting at the resort’s other dining locations.

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Artist Point

Mickey waffles

Yum!

Even the gift shop team was ready, rapidly restocking pantry items, filling shelves with reading materials, toys, and snacks to help pass the time.

Despite the closure of rides, Disney World worked to keep resort guests entertained. Many guests enjoyed the disruption of the normal hotel routine. The youngest guests were delighted with the change, making new friends and settling in for fun activities and snacks.

Guests that opted to stick out the storm saw a huge reduction in theme park crowds on Wednesday and Thursday with all the parks experiencing very light crowds.

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September 3, 2019: Very light afternoon crowds at the Magic Kingdom. Over 2,000 flights into Orlando Airport have been cancelled this week.

Historically, tourist attendance drops within the five days after a major storm or hurricane. New arrivals typically cancel or delay their trip as air and ground transportation is disrupted.

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Mickey and Minnie in their safari gear visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge during the storm.

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How Floridians felt about Hurricane Dorian.

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Spending the day at the Magic Kingdom.

We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

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Two Disney Sisters

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We love staying at the Wilderness lodge!

Epcot’s Club Cool Closed on Sept. 8th

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UPDATE:  Both Club Cool and Fountain View Starbucks closed September 8, 2019!

In anticipation of the huge 50th Anniversary Celebration planned for Walt Disney World Resort in 2021, billions are being spent at Epcot to upgrade the almost 40 year old park, which opened on October 1, 1982 and is really showing it’s age.

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September 9, 2019: Closed for good.

The park’s entire front entrance is being redesigned and several buildings are either being remodeled or torn down completely and replaced.

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August 2019:  Epcot’s Starbucks was inside Fountain View.

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September 10, 2019: The construction walls are up this morning around Fountain View and Club Cool. Photo Credit: BlogMickey

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Walking into Club Cool for a soda. The building that Club Cool is currently in is scheduled to be demolished this Fall, along with the Fountain View building.

Did you ever take the the Beverly Challenge at Club Cool?

WE DID!  

Taking the Beverly Challenge at Club Cool Video Link:  Trying the Beverly Soda for the First Time!

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Lies!  All lies!!!!

Our brother, Christian, decided to take the Beverly Challenge at Epcot’s Club Cool.  We took the Beverly Challenge last year.  It was gross!! We think guys like it wayyyyy more than girls!

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Club Cool at Epcot with it’s free soda tasting stations.

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From Italy:  The Beverly  is billed as a “popular, non-alcoholic aperitif”.

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Christian starting with the Beverly soda.

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Does he like it???!!!

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He says yes!

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Trying other sodas from around the world.  The Fanta pineapple soda is actually pretty good!

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Truth!!

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Yup!  That’s how we feel too!!

We hope Disney Parks brings back Club Cool somewhere in Epcot.

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Having a fun day at Epcot.

We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

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Two Disney Sisters

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Ahhh, so good!

We’ll miss the Starbucks at Fountain View too!

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Some concept art drawing of the new Journey of Water that’s replacing Club Cool and Fountain View:

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Coming in 2021: The 4 Worlds of Epcot – World Celebration, World Nature, World Showcase, and World Discovery.

Moana’s Journey of Water will be located in the new “World Nature” neighborhood.

Along with the World Showcase, there’ll be 3 new ‘World’s’ at Epcot’s entrance: World Nature, World Discovery, and World Celebration.

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It looks beautiful – like Hawaii in Florida! World Nature

World Nature replaces Future World West and World Discovery replaces Future World East.  Both Future World East/West locations badly needed updating, especially Future World East.

Innoventions West and all the buildings on that side will be demolished as part of the new design before the end of the year.

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Moana’s magical Journey of Water.  Note the new Epcot logo redesign on the poster.

This will be an immersive walk-through attraction with a lot of water features and lush tropical foliage.  Very hands-on for kids.

It looks like they will be adding the popular Jumping Water feature to the attraction.

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Interactive water features for kids. (This is ‘Jumping Water’.)

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Lush foliage. It reminds me a little bit of Avatar over in Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

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“Blowholes” in the “lava” rocks just like what are found in Hawaii! Halona Blowhole

Moana’s Journey of Water is coming to Epcot in late 2020.

This first-ever Disney Parks attraction will be based on the hit film, “Moana,” letting guests interact with magical, living water in a beautiful and inspiring tropical setting.

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A lush tropical slice of paradise with many water features, including waterfalls and jumping water. A 2-story Heart of Te Fiti will be in the center of it all.

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September 8th: Major Closing of Attractions Begin at Epcot

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Coming in 2021: The 4 Worlds of Epcot – World Celebration, World Nature, World Showcase, and World Discovery.

As part of the major redevelopment of the entrance and Future World East/West ahead of the 50th Anniversary Celebration at Walt Disney World, Disney has announced closings of several locations in Epcot starting September 8th and continuing through December 2019.

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It looks beautiful – like Hawaii in Florida! The new World Nature.

Note:  Some locations will be moving to temporary locations.

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All these buildings are closing September 8th.

Here is a list of Future World West and Future World East closings below:

Character Spot – Closing September 8, 2019

Club Cool – Closing September 8, 2019

Electric Umbrella – Closing September 8, 2019

Innoventions East – Closing September 8, 2019

Fountain of Nations – Closing September 8, 2019

Colortopia and Nanooze Break in Innoventions East – Closing September 8, 2019

Art Of Disney – Closing October 2019 (will be relocated to The American Adventure pavilion)

Mouse Gear – Closing October 2019 (will be relocated to a temporary location)

Pin Central – Closing October 2019 (will be relocated to the Camera Center)

Starbucks – Closing on November 23, 2019 (will be relocated to a temporary location)

Character Spot – Closing September 8, 2019

The characters will relocate as follow:

Minnie Mouse will move to the World Showcase Gazebo

Daisy Duck will move to the American Adventure

Mickey and Goofy will have an all-new location in the Imagination! pavilion

Winnie the Pooh will still meet in the United Kingdom pavilion

The location for meeting Joy and Sadness is still to be determined

Baymax will lose his meet and greet until next year.

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This whole area is being demolished to make way for Moana’s tropical Journey of Water.

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New events building for the annual festivals.

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New PLAY! building coming.

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Fun day at Epcot!

We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

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2019 Día de los Muertos – Day of the Dead Celebrations at Disneyland and California Adventure Park

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The traditional skeleton display for the Day of the Dead celebration.  Very festive.

From September 6th through November 3rd, 2019:  Frontierland in Disneyland will feature a musical trio of iconic skeleton figurines called Calacas, brightly colored flowers, and other decorative items celebrating the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

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Día de los Muertos explained: It’s a time of joy, not sadness, to remember family and friends who have passed.

Traditionally, the Day of the Dead – known as “All Souls Day” – falls on November 1st, the day after Halloween (All Hallows Eve).

Festive offering table.

Festive offering table with sweets and candy and colorful flowers.

Very cheerful during the day, lots of colorful flowers and sugary treats.

La Catrina, the symbol of the Day of the Dead: It’s all very cheerful during the day, lots of colorful flowers and sugary treats. (Daytime photo)

There are special sweet treats out for the celebration, along with a trick-or-treating candy station open nearby during the Halloween Party nights.

We finally got to see it during our last trip to Disneyland.  We saw it during the day (above) and then we returned at night to see it after dark (below):

At night:

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Halloween night at Disneyland

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The Calacas skeletons still singing….It very pretty at night.  Lots of festive lights.

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La Catrina at night.  Whoa  We liked her better during the day!  Sort of scary looking at night!

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Celebrate Día de los Muertos in Disneyland to honor the art, symbols and traditions of this age-old holiday.

Join the festivities as Frontierland hosts a special tribute to the Day of the Dead. This annual Mexican celebration remembers loved ones that have passed while embracing an eternal connection.

Now through November 3rd, Zocalo Park will feature a musical trio of iconic Calacas—skeleton figurines—as well as brightly colored flowers and other decorative items commemorating the occasion.

Disney Resort Halloween treats

Coco cookies.

Stop by and savor the tasty Orange Pumpkin Flan and other traditional Mexican treats exclusively at Rancho del Zocalo Restaurant while enjoying the authentic décor!

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We think this wallpaper art is cool.

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Things You Should Know Before You Go:

Both parks at the Disneyland Resort have Day of the Dead commemorative areas that will be in place until November 3rd. The one at Disney California Adventure is the more extensive.

This event only takes place in Disneyland Resort, not at any of the other Disney parks. The celebration’s origins are based in Latin America, although the popular conception is that it’s a Mexican holiday,  Día de Los Muertos is celebrated in many regions.

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New Coco pins

Celebrating in Disneyland

  1. Check out the display at Zocalo Park in Frontierland where oversized sculptures, marigolds and paper banners known as papel picado provide some much-needed color to the area. Rancho del Zocalo restaurant next door offers Mexican food, in case you’re in the mood. (By the way, the word zocalo means “town plaza” in Spanish.)
  2. The female Day of the Dead skeleton you’ll see with the big hat and fancy dress has an important role in Mexican history. When Mexico was fighting for its independence from Spain, a Mexican journalist and printmaker named Jose Guadalupe Posada published a series of etchings around 1910, including one with the skeleton called a calavera. Famed muralist Diego Rivera dubbed her “La Catrina” and put her in one of his murals. She became a Mexican national symbol and is often seen in resplendent costumes during the Day of the Dead festivities.

Celebrating in Disney California Adventure

  1. The main festivities for the holiday revolve around Paradise Gardens in Disney California Adventure, where they’ve set up a Plaza de la Familia that’s fun and interesting. There’s a craft area where kids can make free masks and a commemorative wall where anyone can write a memory of a loved one and hang it up to create a festoon of memories.
  2. The small, round “The World of Coco” indoor pavilion explains the meaning of Dia de Los Muertos through the lens of the movie, “Coco.” In the 2017 film, the 12-year-old protagonist, Miguel, builds an altar in honor of his late musical hero. It’s pleasant to see a space like this used for something other than the usual kind of Disney merchandising.
  3. Several times a day, visitors can see a show in the plaza called “A Musical Celebration of Coco” that cleverly uses life-sized puppets to depict Miguel and his villagers. This colorful show includes folkloric dancers in colorful costumes and the Grammy-award-winning local group, the Mariachi Divas.
  4. Take a photo in front of some colorful winged paintings or the wall-sized Mexican Tree of Life in the Plaza de la Familia, which is covered with paper mache La Catrina figurines.
  5. Try some Disney Resort Halloween treats: Coco Conchita – traditional Mexican sweet bread topped with the orange colored sugar, filled with dulce de leche and finished with Miguel chocolate decoration – available at the Paradise Garden Grill at Disney California Adventure.
  6. Check out the Mexican food menu at the Paradise Garden Grill, including the traditional Día de los Muertos Pan de Muerto, Mole Verde con Pollo, Pan Dulce Conchita and a special “Coco” cake. Note that the Pan de Muerto is a nod to the traditional Mexican bread of the dead, which has special figures baked into it.
  7. In Cars Land, Ramone’s House of Body Art has an altar set up to honor the gone-but-not-forgotten Doc Hudson.
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Día de los Muertos celebration at Cars Land

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Cars Land decorated for Halloween.  It’s really cute!

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Miguel and the Coco dancers.

Plaza de la Familia Returns to Disney California Adventure Park

Paradise Gardens Park at Disney California Adventure Park is celebrating the return of one of its most fun and colorful seasonal experiences: Plaza de la Familia!

Video link: Plaza de la Familia

Plaza de la Familia honors the beloved Pixar film, “Coco,” and the everlasting bonds of family with picturesque arts and crafts activities, mouth-watering Mexican food and inspiring live entertainment!

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Miguel from “Coco”.

“A Musical Celebration of Coco” also returns this year with its cast of storytellers to entertain guests with beloved songs from the film performed by singing host Mateo and the Grammy Award-winning Mariachi Divas.

Get transported to the land of the dead with appearances of authentic folklórico dancers and townspeople from “Coco” joined by the adventurous Miguel, who is brought to life in a whimsical style inspired by Mexican folk art!

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Visit the iconic Árbol de la Vida to hang an emotional thought for your loved ones on the wall of memories. Design your own paper alebrije mask of Dante or Pepita.

New this year, you can take photos and make new memories with Miguel when he appears between shows at a beautiful artistic mural entitled “Recuérdame” (“Remember Me”). Named after the iconic song from the film, the evocative mural depicts the themes touched on by the Storytellers of Plaza de la Familia in their show and celebrates Miguel’s beloved family in Santa Cecilia and the Land of the Dead.

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The beautiful artistic mural entitled “Recuérdame” (“Remember Me”).

New Foods!

At Paradise Garden Grill, sample traditional Mexican dishes, including Traditional Tamale Plate with chile red pork tamales with golden rice and black beans, and Tacos de Estilo Callejero: a trio of sirloin beef tacos with pickled vegetables, golden rice and black beans. Another option is Tortitas de Papa – vegan crispy potato cakes with sautéed spinach, ranchero salsa, golden rice and pickled onion salad. For postres, try Pan Dulce, traditional house-made Mexican sweet bread filled with dulce de leche.

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Yum!

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Celebrating Día de los Muertos at Disneyland at night! (Wallpaper #2)

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Minnie Mouse during Day of the Dead celebration.

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Look for special sweet treats available at the bakery.

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Churro cupcakes are available!!!

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This looks so good!

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Special cookies.

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Pan de los Muertos is available this week at Paradise Garden Grill.

Pan de los Muertos (Spanish for: Bread of the Dead) is a sweet roll traditionally baked in Mexico during the week leading up to the Día de Muertos, which is celebrated from October 31st to November 2nd, with November 1st being Dias de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

The sweetened soft bread is shaped like a bun, often decorated with bone-shaped phalanges pieces. Pan de muerto is eaten on Día de Muertos, at the gravesite or, alternatively, at a tribute called an ofrenda.  As part of the celebration, loved ones eat pan de muerto as well as the relative’s favorite foods.

Bread of the Dead usually has skulls or crossbones engraved on it. It is believed the spirits do not eat it, but rather absorb its essence, along with water at their ofrenda, after their long journey back to Earth.

The bones represent the deceased one (difuntos or difuntas) and there is normally a baked tear drop on the bread to represent goddess Chimalma’s tears for the living. The bread is represented in a circle to portray the circle of life and is topped with sugar as life is sweet.

This special bread is available at CAL’s Paradise Garden Grill and can also be found in most Mexican grocery stores in the U.S.

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Cool or creepy?????!!!!!

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We were at Lowes today and they had huge marigolds like out of “Coco” for sale. So pretty!

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Marigolds available at Lowes.

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Flores Para Los Muertos

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Mattel is releasing a 2019 ‘Day of the Dead’ Barbie this month!

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La Catrina celebrating Día de Los Muertos.

Mattel is paying tribute to Mexican culture with a 2019 limited-edition Barbie. The new doll is inspired by Catrina to celebrate Día de Los Muertos.

Celebrated from October 21st through November 2nd, the holiday is a joyful time to remember loved ones that have passed, while we embrace our eternal connections.

The Barbie doll is dressed in traditional day of the dead attire including a full face of Catrina makeup, a crown made of Marigold Flowers, and monarch butterflies.

Starting in late September, you can order the special edition Barbie for $75.99.

(She’s going for $180 on ebay right now!)

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Her flower crown, which includes marigold flowers and monarch butterflies.

The doll is stunning. She looks like a quintessential Mexican goddess and is in head-to-toe Day of the Dead attire. Her makeup is spot on and her dress resembles a flamenco dress.

We also love the subtle touch of blue in her hair and a new take on the flower crown, which includes marigold flowers and monarch butterflies.

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Her makeup is perfect!

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Holding some Halloween balloons!

We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

book Two Girls

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Happy Halloween!

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Mattel is Releasing a 2019 ‘Day of the Dead’ Barbie

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La Catrina celebrating Día de Los Muertos.

Mattel is paying tribute to Mexican culture with a 2019 limited-edition Barbie. The new doll is inspired by Catrina to celebrate Día de Los Muertos.

Celebrated from October 21st through November 2nd, it’s a time to remember the lives of those who have passed away.

The Barbie doll is dressed in traditional day of the dead attire including a full face of Catrina makeup, a crown made of Marigold Flowers, and monarch butterflies.

Starting in late September, you can order the special edition Barbie for $75.99.

(She’s going for $180 on ebay right now!)

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Her flower crown, which includes marigold flowers and monarch butterflies.

The doll is stunning. She looks like a quintessential Mexican goddess and is in head-to-toe Day of the Dead attire. Her makeup is spot on and her dress resembles a flamenco dress.

We also love the subtle touch of blue in her hair and a new take on the flower crown, which includes marigold flowers and monarch butterflies.

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Her makeup is perfect!

The doll is part of a new line of Barbies with fan-favorite themes including Stars Wars characters, Princess Leia, Darth Vader, and R2-D2. There’s also a Rosa Parks Barbie, which was released to celebrate Women’s Equality Day. Mattel has also released Barbies of other inspiring women, including astronaut Sally Ride and pro-golfer Lorena Ochoa.

“Girls have always been able to play out different roles and careers with Barbie, and we are thrilled to shine a light on real-life role models to remind them that they can be anything,” Lisa McKnight, Senior Vice President And General Manager of Barbie, said in a statement to Time magazine.

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You can celebrate Día de los Muertos and  see La Catrina at Disneyland starting September 6th through November 3rd, 2019.

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The traditional skeleton display for the Day of the Dead celebration.  Very festive.

From September 6 through November 3, 2019: Frontierland in Disneyland will feature a musical trio of iconic skeleton figurines called calacas, brightly colored flowers, and other decorative items celebrating the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

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Día de los Muertos explained: It’s a time of joy, not sadness, to remember family and friends who have passed.

Traditionally, the Day of the Dead – known as “All Souls Day” – falls on November 1st, the day after Halloween (All Hallows Eve).

Festive offering table.

Festive offering table with sweets and candy and colorful flowers.

Very cheerful during the day, lots of colorful flowers and sugary treats.

La Catrina, the symbol of the Day of the Dead: It’s all very cheerful during the day, lots of colorful flowers and sugary treats. (Daytime photo)

There are special sweet treats out for the celebration, along with a trick-or-treating candy station open nearby during the Halloween Party nights.

We finally got to see her on our last trip,  We saw everything during the day (above) and then we returned at night to see La Catrina after dark (below):

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Halloween night at Disneyland

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The calacas skeletons still singing….It very pretty at night.

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La Catrina at night.  Whoa!  We liked her better during the day!  Sort of scary looking at night!

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We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Moana’s Journey of Water in Epcot’s new World Nature

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Coming in 2021: The 4 Worlds of Epcot – World Celebration, World Nature, World Showcase, and World Discovery.

Moana’s Journey of Water will be located in the new “World Nature” neighborhood.

Along with the World Showcase, there’ll be 3 new ‘World’s’ at Epcot’s entrance: World Nature, World Discovery, and World Celebration.

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It looks beautiful – like Hawaii in Florida! World Nature

World Nature replaces Future World West and World Discovery replaces Future World East.  Both Future World East/West locations badly needed updating, especially Future World East.

Innoventions West and all the buildings on that side will be demolished as part of the new design before the end of the year.

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Moana’s magical Journey of Water.  Note the new Epcot logo redesign on the poster.

This will be an immersive walk-through attraction with a lot of water features and lush tropical foliage.  Very hands-on for kids.

It looks like they will be adding the popular Jumping Water feature to the attraction.

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Interactive water features for kids. (This is ‘Jumping Water’.)

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Lush foliage. It reminds me a little bit of Avatar over in Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

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“Blowholes” in the “lava” rocks just like what are found in Hawaii! Halona Blowhole

Moana’s Journey of Water is coming to Epcot in late 2020.

This first-ever Disney Parks attraction will be based on the hit film, “Moana,” letting guests interact with magical, living water in a beautiful and inspiring tropical setting.

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A lush tropical slice of paradise with many water features, including waterfalls and jumping water. A 2-story Heart of Te Fiti will be in the center of it all.

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September 2019: Current Epcot park map.

Future World West Update:  The permits to take down Fountain View (14 on the map) this year have already been filed.  We expect those buildings to be gone before the end of the year.

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Newly released Epcot drawing shows Journey of Water with the Heart of Te Fiti’s Mountain in World Nature.

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Moana’s new water attraction will be anchored by the Heart of Te Fiti. (This is just its design, it won’t be located in the middle of Friendship Bay!)

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We’re expecting that Moana will have a permanent Meet and Greet area here.

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New limited edition Moana Magic Bands are out! (LE 2400)  ❤

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We like how prominent Te Fiti is, both in the mountain face and her heart.

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The Polynesian goddess Te Fiti with her heart restored.

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Expect to see this symbol everywhere!

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Te Fiti’s Heart spiral.

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And, Moana is getting her first ever float in the Festival of Fantasy parade at the Magic Kingdom next year!  We love it!!!

Time to start planning your Disney Bounding outfits!!!

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Disney Bounding as Moana.

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Disney Bounding as the goddess Te Fiti (sea colors).

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We love this dress! (green goddess colors)

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Any Goddess Te Fiti outfit must have a crown of flowers!

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We wish Te Fiti would have a meet and greet too!

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April 22, 2019 (Earth Day 2019): WOW! DiVine is out this morning at DAK and is entirely covered by blooming flowers!!! So pretty!

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We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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